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Text and photographs by Fabio Petrone


The range of open boats produced by the Manò Marine yard was recently extended to this new Manò 22.50, a comfortable and practical motorboat with central dashboard, perfectly balanced design and low grabrails. The boat was designed with interesting solutions: the forward and the aft cushioned sunning areas are fitted with a bumper-like surrounding belt, the galley is located under the pilot's settee, the aft swimming platform is fitted with the swimming ladder, a special awning is installed, etc.

The boat is designed so as to take advantage of all spaces. The helm station includes a strong settee for two persons protected by a smoke-gray windshield and it is fitted with all necessary instruments for engine control: compass, switch panel and extra space for electronic instruments. A grab-rail would be useful. At sea, the Manò 22.50 is very maneuverable, reaches planing speed very quickly and has a pretty good top speed. Because of calm sea conditions during testing we could not verify her seakeeping abilities in waves, nevertheless, she behaved very well in the wake of other boats.


Yard: Manò Marine; via Nuova Nisida, 8 - 80124 Naples; tel./fax +39-81-7622581
Deck designer: yard
Hull designer: Levi
Italian VAT: 20%
L.O.A.: 21'8"
Beam: 8'2"
Draft from lower tip of propellers: 1'4"
Depth: 5'
Light displacement: .98 tons
Full load displacement: 1.37 tons
Maximum passengers capacity: 8
Power: 135hp XLPTO Mercury
Total installed power: 135 hp
Total engine weight: 406 lbs.
Maximum declared speed: 48 knots with 200hp
Fuel capacity: 46 gallons
Freshwater capacity: 21 gallons
Road transportation: on trailer
Hauling and launching: by means of a mechanical lifting device
Price with standard equipment and test boat power: Lit. 37.000.000 ex VAT.


Sea: calm
Wind: light breeze

(Test was carried out with 26.5 gallons of fuel and a 19" dia. steel propeller)
Time needed to reach planing speed: 2.8 seconds
Cruising speed: 21.6 knots at 3,000 rpm's
Maximum speed: 38.3 knots at 5,400 rpm's


Construction material and particulars: isoftalic resins with wood and GRP longitudinal girders and transverses; hull with five layers of Mat and one layer of composite material
Lockers: one forward chain locker, several lockers under the floorings and under aft settees. In the tested boat, the area under the pilot's settee included an optional galley with sink and range
Helm station: central dashboard with compass, horn and engine controls with throttle lever and trim tab/tilt control
Deck and cockpit: full shower, navigation lights, electrical plant, bilge pump, 500W Lofran windlass, awning, fuel level gauge, cushions, table kit, switch panel, Bruce anchor forward fitting and battery.